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News » 2009 NBA PLAYOFFS 2009-04-30

2009 NBA PLAYOFFS 2009-04-30

2009 NBA PLAYOFFS 2009-04-30
Ray Allen hasn't watched the end of many close games from the bench.

``I guess now I know what it's like to sit on the sidelines and not be able to do anything,'' he said after fouling out in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 106-104 overtime win over Chicago last night. ``For me it was frustrating, but Paul (Pierce) won it for us. As mad as I was sitting on the sidelines, I wasn't going to do my teammates any good sitting back and thinking about what happened. Tony (Allen) was out there, and I was just trying to talk him through it.

``I was extremely upset, I was disappointed, I thought all game the whistles were bad, but I didn't want to be that isolated guy who was on the sideline pouting. We had to win a game, and those were the cards we were dealt.''

Allen later added he could ``probably count on my hand the games that I fouled out.'' To be precise, last night was only the 16th time in 13 seasons that he has fouled out of a game. But last night's was particularly grating, considering that he was attempting to get a around a Brad Miller pick while chasing Ben Gordon. The Bulls center hooked Allen with his elbow and was also called for a foul, but obviously remained on the floor.

``It was very subtle, but when you go by guys lock into you, and that's what he did - he locked into me low, nudged me and I tried to keep going, because I was on my path,'' said Allen. ``They're setting tough screens that I have to get over. It's so interesting how Kendrick (Perkins), the whole series, gets hit with offensive fouls and offensive screens the whole day long.

``I'd like to look at it, and see what it looked like from the camera's point of view, but I don't know what I did to warrant a foul. How am I supposed to defend? I can't have a guy attacking me, and then when I put a hand on him being called for the foul.''

Flagrantly upset

Across the hallway, Miller had some complaints of his own, claiming that the last play of the game - his drive to the basket and hard foul from Rajon Rondo with two seconds left - should have been whistled as a flagrant foul on the Celtics guard.

His coach agreed.

``You have to go for the Basketball, and (Rondo) didn't come near the Basketball,'' said Chicago coach Vinny Del Negro. ``He came right across his face, so the ball was extended, it was out, and he came right across.

``I thought it was a flagrant, and I thought it was a physical call. I agree that it is a playoff foul, but you still have to call it, and I'm sure that will be addressed, and they'll look at it.'' . . .

Captain Richard Phillips, the merchant captain who was taken hostage by Somali pirates and freed by Navy Seals, was honored at halftime last night as part of the Celtics' Heroes Among Us series. He was presented with a Celtics No. 17 jersey - John Havlicek's number - by Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca and Robert Epstein.

Doc hit again

Doc Rivers can't seem to help it. The Celtics coach was fined $25,000 yesterday for his Monday comments about officials' calls on Perkins' picks, and how Miller hasn't been penalized in the same fashion down the other end.

``Hey, like I've said, I'm the human stimulus package,'' Rivers said of his expensive year, which now totals $65,000 from three separate fines. The money goes to NBA-funded charities.

``Actually, I think it is tax deductible, but I don't need any more deductions,'' said Rivers.

His last fine was also a $25,000 hit for comments following his March 17 ejection by referee Bill Kennedy. This marks the second time Rivers has been fined for complaints about a game officiated by referee Bill Kennedy, and played in Chicago.

``I'm surprised, because the question came from you guys about what the Bulls were doing,'' he said of the media. ``What can you do.''

The league is clearly attempting to silence coaches where comments about referees are concerned. Houston's Rick Adelman and Portland's Nate McMillan were each fined $25,000 yesterday as well for comments made during their Western Conference series.

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